News | August 19, 2015

Making All Voices Count’s latest Pitching Competition is taking place in Tanzania this September, with up to £40,000 up for grabs for winning ideas.

If you have an idea on how technology and innovation can support a more accountable energy sector in Tanzania, and include more people in deciding how and where government should spend public money, this competition is for you.

Hamara Internet - winner of our Pakistan Pitching Competition

Hamara Internet - winner of our Pakistan Pitching Competition


Projects should aim include activities around two or more of the points under each theme

  1. Energy sector reform & improved public service delivery across the energy sector:
  • Use technology to incentivise and sustain government responsiveness to citizen’s need;
  • Improve access to information to increase avenues of engagement between citizens and legislators;
  • Strengthen and promote the use and adoption of ICT tools in government ministries, departments and agencies and the private sector to increase connection and access levels;
  • Improve government/private sector standards for environmental and social protection;
  • Make effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and/or marginalized groups or communities.
  1. Participatory budgeting:
  • Promote the use and adoption of ICT tools in budgeting processes to increase awareness and access to budget-related information;
  • Help to make allocation of public resources equitable and inclusive;
  • Track national resource allocation and expenditure at the local and national levels and create a channel for citizens to give voice to their priorities;
  • Monitor budgeting and promote fiscal and budget responsibility to promote accountability and reduce corruption;
  • Make effective use of technology to engage the youth and marginalised groups in planning and budgeting processes.

Process and Awards

  • Online submissions will be assessed by the Making All Voices Count team
  • 10 – 12 finalists will be travel to  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges.
  • 2 – 4 winners of the competition will receive incubation support for their ideas from Making All Voices Count, preparing them for potential grants of up to £40,000
  • Winners will have access to mentoring support, international networking and related tools and resources through Making All Voices Count’s South to South Lab.


  • Applications open 20 August and close on 13 September 23:59 GMT;
  • Finalists announced on 16 September 2015
  • Pitching session held on 26 September 2015


Online Resources and Tools
Making All Voices Count strongly recommends that applicants use NESTA’s Development, Impact and You (DIY) toolkit to further strengthen your idea and pitch.

  1. Problem Definition 
  2. Theory of Change
  3. Target Group
  4. Business Model Canvas
  5. Business Plan